Big Oak B&B

2501 Campbell St , Sandusky, OH 44870-5310 USA (Show map)


A 1879 Victorian farmhouse with 14 rooms furnished with antiques & family heirlooms, four rooms are guest rooms. Enjoy the sunken family great room with fireplace, games and books. Also patio, terrace, horseshoe pit, fire pit, and several small gardens, including a herb garden. Playground for children. Hiking trail. The hosts will happily provide you with tips for your visit to Cedar Point and local museums, cruises to Lake Erie Islands, golfing, swimming, dining, shopping and entertainment.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Quaint and comfortable with gracious hosts

4.0 on August 21, 2015

Jim and Jeanne are very friendly hosts. Their rooms have everything you will need for a comfortable stay and the breakfast is delicious.

Great stay

4.0 on August 13, 2015

Great stay! The owners were so friendly. They stayed up late to welcome us in since we weren't able arrive till almost 10pm. She made us a wonderful breakfast, and was very accommodating with our two young boys. It was like staying at grandmas house! :)


5 on June 08, 2015

My husband and I stayed for bike week 2015. We enjoyed our stay, Jim and Jeanne made us feel welcome, they are completely adorable! Breakfast was FABULOUS! I wanted her recipes! They are wonderful people and we want to stay again to spend more time with them, they are unique and talented. You don't find people like this anymore, they are gracious hosts, down to earth, easygoing, and fun to be around. They are very knowledgable about the surrounding area. It was nice to learn the history of their home and about them. We look forward to seeing them again! It was our first bed and breakfast experience and it was like being home with family instead of a stuffy hotel room. Our only regret was not staying longer. Sincerely, Joshua and Jackie Zickefoose Steubenville Ohio

warm and welcoming

5 on May 28, 2015

Our stay at Big Oak was Lovely. Very warm and inviting, it felt like we were staying with family. Breakfast was yummy and filling. Bed was comfortable. Jim, Jeanne and their Grandson were warm and welcoming. Looking forward to our next visit.

Great place to stay

4.8 on April 22, 2015

We had a great stay at this B&B we would definitely stay here again.

Love this place!

5 on April 21, 2015

The Big Oak B&B was definitely an amazing find! It was affordable, charming, homey, and the service was fantastic! The room and bathroom were very clean, the owners were friendly and kind and the house itself was beautiful.... I would definitely come back!!

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast

5 on August 01, 2014

This is a great bed and breakfast. Beautiful location and its run by a lovely couple. By far the best B&B I have ever been to.

Lovely B&B

5 on December 19, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed our short but sweet stay at the Big Oak. Everything was great!

The perfect stay!

5 on October 17, 2013

The entire stay was an entirely utterly enjoyable experience. We would suggest these rooms to even our worst enemies. That's how great this place is. We don't have enemies though!

Made our vacation spectacular!

4.6 on October 14, 2013

We came to Sandusky for a family wedding, but wanted to make it special for our daughter as well. We stayed in the Silhouette room and loved how warm and inviting it felt. We had our own bathroom, a king sized bed, a small dinette, a television, and a walk out patio (small, but a very nice view over the gardens). Breakfast was delicious! Jeanne and Jim went out of their way to make our mornings wonderful. They even brought out cereal for our daughter in case she wanted that instead. After breakfast each morning we went out the gardens. I don't know how Jeanne takes care of it all (I could never do it!) but the gardens are FANTASTIC! They just keep going, and going, and going! There is a small swing set for the little ones, and a garden with veggies and fruit in it as well. It was magical. They also sell garden figurines, which are placed throughout the garden and in the front yard, so make sure to pick up a memento on your way out. Jeanne and Jim are very knowledgeable about the area, and can help you find something to do if you have a free day (and you can pull yourself away from the gardens). We hope to come back to The Big Oak soon! (I still have my parting gift hanging from my review mirror in my car, Thank you Jeanne and Jim!)

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Rooms & Rates


The Godey room features an antique brass bed, and antique dresser Godey prints, and a pink and blue color scheme. Also, two comfortable chairs and a television This room may take a third guest on a layaway bed. It is $10 for the additional person.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Double


The Silhouette Room is a large comfortable room with a king size bed and is decorated in jade and peach with many old silhouette pictures, color TV, balcony, and private bath. This room can accommodate one extra person on a roll away bed. There is a $10.00 charge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Countryside, Suburban


Cleveland, OH (CLE-Hopkins Intl.) 60 miles

Directions to property:

Rt 80 - OH Turnpike West - Exit 7 North to Strub Rd - West to Campbell St - North. Long blue house on left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Edison Birthplace, McBride Arboretum, Huron Playhouse, Programs at Sandusky Pavilion, Music at Sandusky Gazebo, Beautiful downtown parks, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fireplace, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer , Several small gardens, patio, terrace., playground, hiking trails

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, TV

On-site activities

Canoeing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes

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  • Check In:: 1:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 12:00 pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited with prior approval and arrangements. Call for information
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, Personal checks, Travelers checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full payment in advance.
  • Cancellations: One week notice is required for cancellations. A service charge will apply.



James & Jeanne Ryan

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Travel, antiques, gardening, crafts.

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  • Time Served: 8:30to 9:00am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Signature Dish

Dutch Babies
Egg puff served with strawberries.